Dr Josephine Grace
MB ChB MRCP FRACP PhD
Dr Josephine Grace is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the Austin Hospital. She emigrated from the UK to Australia in 2004 and has over 20 years of experience in general medicine and gastroenterology with specialist qualifications in both countries. She also holds a PhD in liver disease, completed at the University of Melbourne, and has been granted awards for her research from the Gastroenterology Society of Australia and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. She regularly presents at local and international gastroenterology and hepatology conferences and has publications in top ranking journals.
Josephine has a particular interest in liver disease, viral hepatitis, coeliac disease and functional bowel disease including irritable bowel syndrome, and is happy to consult on a broad range of gastroenterology and hepatology disorders. She also welcomes open access referrals for gastroscopy or colonoscopy, which she performs at Warringal Hospital or at The Victorian Gut Centre in Bundoora. She is available to discuss patients with GPs and other specialists by telephone and can usually accommodate urgent patients at short notice
Dr Adam Testro
MBBS PhD FRACP
Dr Adam Testro is a staff specialist gastroenterologist at Austin Health and The Victorian Liver Transplant Unit. Adam graduated with honours from The University of Melbourne School of Medicine in 1999. He was trained at both St Vincent’s Hospital and Austin Health. Following completion of his gastroenterology training he undertook a PhD in liver transplantation immunology, for which he was awarded a GESA Postgraduate Clinical Research Scholarship. In 2009 Adam was fortunate enough to take up a position at the world renowned Thomas E Starzl Transplantation Institute in Pittsburgh, USA where he received further training in Intestinal and multivisceral transplantation, and forged strong international collaborations. In 2010 he became Head of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation at Austin Health, the only centre in Australia currently undertaking intestinal transplantation. Adam continues to participate in clinical research and is involved in a number of NHMRC funded projects. He regularly presents his research findings at national and international conferences, and has numerous publications.
Adam is available to consult in all aspects of gastroenterology, including endoscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. As with the other specialists at Gastrocare, he will endeavour to see new consultations with minimal delay, and facilitate their care in an efficient yet relaxed manner.
Dr Marie Sinclair
MBBS B Med Sci PhD FRACP
Dr Marie Sinclair is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Austin Health in Heidelberg. She completed a PhD in clinical liver disease at the University of Melbourne and subsequently gained a 12 month position at the large teaching hospital of the University of California, San Francisco, to gain further experience in gastroenterology and hepatology. She is actively involved in research with multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and maintains an interest in teaching and GP education. Marie has been working in the Gastroenterology department at Austin Health for over 5 years, and also provides endoscopy services to the Northern Hospital in Epping. Marie is currently available to consult on a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, bowel cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease, iron deficiency, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, coeliac disease, abnormal liver function, fatty liver disease and hepatitis. She provides Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy services at Warringal Hospital as well as Capsule Endoscopy. Marie is keen to maintain strong lines of communication with GPs and specialists, and as with all Gastrocare specialists will ensure urgent patients are reviewed as soon as possible.
Dr Rhys Vaughan
MBBS PhD FRACP
Dr Vaughan is a senior gastroenterologist at the Austin Hospital where he is the Director of Endoscopy. Additionally he has a senior fellow appointment with the University of Melbourne. Rhys’ early training was in hepatology, obtaining a PhD exploring the alterations in vascular physiology in advanced cirrhosis, work which was undertaken at the Baker Medical Research Institute, University of Melbourne and Austin Hospital. He subsequently developed his skills in interventional endoscopy before completing an advanced fellowship in the USA at the Medical University of South Carolina with a particular focus on endoscopic ultrasound. Rhys’ current research interests include training, advanced endoscopic intervention & endoscopic management of liver transplant patients.
Dr Ola Niewiadomski
MBBS (hons) FRACP PhD
Dr Ola Niewiadomski is a gastroenterologist who combines private practice with a senior medical specialist appointment at a major public hospital (Eastern Health). Ola studied Medicine at Monash University, graduating with honours in 2004. After finishing her Gastroenterology training in Melbourne, she completed a fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at St Vincent’s hospital along with postgraduate degree (PhD) through the University of Melbourne. Ola was granted the Australian Postgraduate Award, as well as an international award (ECCO Young Investigator Award) for her research, and has published in local and international journals. She maintains a clinical and research interest in Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis (IBD) and is the Principal Investigator for pharmaceutical clinical trials at Eastern Health. Ola also holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Monash University. She retains a broad range of interests in all areas of gastroenterology including inflammatory bowel disease, bowel cancer surveillance, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux disease, eosinophilic oesophagitis, nutrition, hepatology, endoscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy.
Ola is passionate about providing a high standard of care and compassion to all her patients, and will endeavor to see all new referrals in a timely manner. She provides Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy services at Warringal Private hospital and Epworth Eastern, including open access referrals.
Dr Lucy Lim
MBBS (hons) FRACP PhD
Dr Lucy Lim is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with public appointments at both Austin Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital. She consults broadly in all fields of Gastroenterology, including functional gut disorders, bowel cancer screening, endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, iron deficiency anaemia, coeliac disease, with special interests in liver disease and viral hepatitis.
Dr Lim graduated in Medicine from Monash University with Honours in 2003 and undertook Gastroenterology training at St Vincent’s and The Austin Hospital. In 2010 she attained her Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Dr Lim was awarded a GESA scholarship for her PhD in Hepatitis B through The University of Melbourne and furthered her training by undertaking a Hepatology Fellowship through the University Health Network in Toronto.
Dr Lim is dedicated to providing high quality gastroenterological care with open communication, compassion and sensitivity to individual patient needs. She speaks fluent Mandarin and basic Cantonese. Lucy would be pleased to discuss patients with GPs or other specialists and will accommodate urgent referrals.